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Students earn top prizes in essay contest

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Three Northwestern students earned awards in the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club Essay contest.

Maggie Mauro took top prize overall and Chris Hippensteel took second. Brandon Smeltz scored an honorable mention.

Mauro’s essay was partly true and partly fiction.

“I wrote about my dog Atticus, but the [actual] story was fake,” said the eighth grader. “I take him outside in the snow and he ends up saving a child in a woodsy area around my house. My dog is a star and he didn’t even have to get off the kitchen floor.”

Mauro is no stranger to writing contests.

Northwestern to present ‘Legally Blonde’

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When Emily Witt puts on a blonde wig for tonight’s premiere of “Legally Blonde,” she will have to do what Reese Witherspoon did in the role of Elle Woods and then some.

As the central character of the musical, she will also have to sing and dance.

“You have to have a lot of energy,” Witt said. “Elle is a little bit flaky but Bill [Mutimer] wants her to be a lot more optimistic in our version of the play.”

“Emily is doing great,” said Director Bill Mutimer. “She really is working hard and doing fantastic.

“It’s a huge role but she is fully up to the challenge.”

Students earn top prizes in essay contest

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Three Northwestern students earned awards in the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club Essay contest.

Maggie Mauro took top prize overall and Chris Hippensteel took second.

Brandon Smeltz scored an honorable mention.

Mauro’s essay was partly true and partly fiction.

“I wrote about my dog Atticus, but the [actual] story was fake,” said the eighth grader. “I take him outside in the snow and he ends up saving a child in a woodsy area around my house. My dog is a star and he didn’t even have to get off the kitchen floor.”

Mauro is no stranger to writing contests.

Tigers host Science Olympiad

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

The Northwestern Lehigh High School gym was a hub of activity but there was no wrestling mat or basketball in sight.

Instead, clusters of teenagers from 25 different schools were busy conferring, calculating and hoping like crazy that their work would yield wins in the Tiger Invitational Science Olympiad Competition.

In one corner, a group of some 30 Northwestern students were cheering on Ryan Terrell and Michael Boushell as they manipulated a robotic arm.

“This is the 40th iteration of the robot arm,” said Terrell. “It’s been a continuous process.”

NWL junior ‘gives voice to intense feelings’ atw art museum poetry reading celebration

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

While many Americans were lamenting that a famous groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2, Northwestern Lehigh High School junior Kelty Tarvin was lending her voice to poetry at an annual celebration hosted at the Allentown Art Museum.

Tarvin was one of six students from area high schools who memorized and delivered three poems at Poetry Out Loud, a national initiative that is more than a decade old.

“It’s a rare group,” Tarvin said. “It’s a good crowd to be around sharing their experience and passion for poetry.

“I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

NWL seniors await college acceptance

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Choosing the right college and figuring out how to pay for it is worrisome enough but waiting for college acceptance only amplifies the situation.

Though graduation is five months away, Northwestern Lehigh High School seniors have been trying to deal with this reality while they complete their high school years.

The relationship between seniors and their guidance counselors is key.

Eight Oaks recognized as Chamber Business of the Month

Thursday, January 12, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Eight Oaks Craft Distillers was named the January 2017 Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce just ahead of its first anniversary.

“We’re certainly honored to be part of that community and to be recognized,” said Chad Butters, co-founder of the distillery along Route 309, New Tripoli. “It’s a very large network of professionals and we’re proud to be a part of it. We’re absolutely humbled to be recognized.”

“We’ve had an unbelievably warm reception from guests, the community, Discover Lehigh Valley and many others.

Ugly Christmas sweaters reign supreme

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

In the spirit of the season, an ugly Christmas sweater contest was held at Northwestern Lehigh High School six days before the winter break.

Junior Maya Hambrick and physics teacher Andrew Marth emerged the winners.

Marth said he actually purchased his sweater at Walmart.

Hambrick said her sweater was given to her by her mother.

“My mother couldn’t win the ugly sweater contest with this,” she said, but Lady Luck was on her side this year.

Makers Club welcomes fifth graders to STEAM Lab

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

It wasn’t Santa’s workshop but it was close.

Under strings of Christmas lights, fifth graders were guided by high school students in using everyday items such as gum drops, toothpicks, fruits and vegetables in ways defying imagination in a veritable maker paradise called the STEAM Lab.

At one of the stations was a piano-like instrument using fruit and vegetables instead of keys.

“That was fun,” said Dean Corto, who was making sounds with his buddies. “I loved how the fruits and vegetables made different sounds.

‘Hamlet’ captures audience’s attention

Thursday, December 15, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF in School

Northwestern’s Language Arts Department had plenty to be thankful for ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival issued a call offering to stage one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, gratis.

A week later, a troupe of actors appeared at the high school to perform “Hamlet” for the entire school.

They demonstrated the classic play remains relevant for modern day audiences.

The two performances allowed every student to see the play.

Cost is the main factor inhibiting the high school from making this an annual event.